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File photo dated 27-05-2018 of England’s Danny Cipriani, who has been selected at fly-half for Saturday’s third Test against South Africa at Newlands, the Rugby Football Union has announced. (Paul Harding/PA)

File photo dated 27-05-2018 of England’s Danny Cipriani, who has been selected at fly-half for Saturday’s third Test against South Africa at Newlands, the Rugby Football Union has announced. (Paul Harding/PA)

File photo dated 27-05-2018 of England’s Danny Cipriani, who has been selected at fly-half for Saturday’s third Test against South Africa at Newlands, the Rugby Football Union has announced. (Paul Harding/PA)

England international Danny Cipriani has been charged with assaulting police during an incident at a Jersey nightclub.

The 30-year-old Gloucester fly-half is also charged with resisting arrest, common assault, larceny, and being disorderly on licensed premises, police said.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Jersey Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

His club said in a statement: “Gloucester Rugby are aware of an incident involving Danny Cipriani in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an incident at a St Helier nightclub.”

The club confirmed he had been arrested and charged, and that he will be appearing in court.

“The club will be issuing no further comment at this time but will make a further announcement in due course,” the statement added.

A States of Jersey Police spokesman said: “This afternoon 30-year-old Daniel Cipriani was charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly on licensed premises.

“He’s been remanded in custody until his court appearance at the magistrates’ court at 10am tomorrow.

“He was arrested at the early hours of this morning following an incident in Mulcaster Street in St Helier.”

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Danny Cipriani in action for England (Adam Davy/PA).

Danny Cipriani in action for England (Adam Davy/PA).

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Danny Cipriani in action for England (Adam Davy/PA).

The incident happened just hours after England cricketer Ben Stokes was cleared of affray following a city centre brawl outside Bristol nightclub Mbargo.

The 27-year-old was recalled to England’s Test squad after he was acquitted of affray by a jury following a trial at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Last week Cipriani vowed to “do everything I can” to remain in the England
set-up after making his first Test match start in 10 years.

Cipriani ended England’s summer tour of South Africa in the number 10 shirt,
helping them beat the Springboks in Cape Town – and after a break started training with Gloucester on July 30.

Asked last week if he had returned from South Africa hungrier than ever, he said: “Yeah, definitely.

“But you’ve seen me for the last six seasons. I’ve been hungry and my focus
hasn’t changed at all.

“I want to really do something special for this town, because if you get on a roll here, the whole of Gloucester just goes crazy.”

Gloucester are due to play their first pre-season game against Ulster on Saturday in Belfast.

Their opening Gallagher Premiership match is at home to Northampton on September 1.


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